False Claims And Rumours About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Abound On Social Media: Part 1

False Claims And Rumours About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Abound On Social Media: Part 1

By: Soumadip Dey

Claim 1:

A picture of a teenage boy, apparently unconscious after drinking too many beers, has been shared on social media with the claim that it is a young Brett Kavanaugh in 1982.

What Happened:

Christine Blasey Ford had accused the then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Following her accusation, and her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Brett Kavanaugh’s drinking habits have been a topic of discussion in social media.

Given that context, this picture was shared on both Facebook and Twitter by a few users with the caption #PubertyChallenge. It is an online challenge where users post an old picture of themselves along with a present-day picture to compare how they have changed over time. The image claims to show Kavanaugh passed out because of excessive drinking in 1982, and also had a present-day picture of Kavanaugh for reference.

Facts:

The image and the caption shared on social media allegedly showing young Brett Kavanaugh inebriated and stupefied after drinking alcohol is in fact false. The picture on the right is Brett Kavanaugh, but the one on the left is not him in 1982. The picture of a teenager passed out with bottles in his hands is actually a Getty Images stock photo.

The same picture can be found on the Getty image website with the caption: ‘Portrait of a young man asleep on the couch after drinking too much beer’.

Source:

Facebook.

What Happened:

A picture of people vandalizing a house has been shared by multiple social media users who claimed that Democrat protesters have vandalized the house of Brett Kavanaugh. The phrase ‘I shall burn this house’ is clearly visible scribbled on the house, while two other people can be seen defacing the property.

The image has been shared on Facebook with the following description: Judge Kavanaugh has now gone into hiding due to escalated violence. This is Judge Kavanaugh’s home that was vandalized today by over 200 protesters. As you can see, it’s not a mansion, he is not a wealthy man. They destroyed the yard by driving cars on it, threw feces on all the windows, every outside wall was spray painted. How do you explain this to your young daughters? they talk about Trump?

The post has been shared by multiple people, who were shocked by these acts of vandalism and blamed Democrats and their supporters for causing the damage. They accused the Democrat party and its media supporters of ‘doxing’, which is publishing someone’s personal information (like their home address) online with malicious intent.

 

 

Facts:

The information shared in this post is false and the house shown in the picture does not belong to Brett Kavanaugh. The picture that is used in the posts is actually from Canada, and is from an incident that took place in 2016. The same picture was used in media reports at the time.

 

 

Conclusion:

The Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh was a bitter, partisan process mired in controversy, that was hotly debated on social media. Given that, it is not surprising that both sides utilized false news and propaganda in order to advance their position.

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